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The joy of learning

Recently, I was fortunate to have a couple of days away from work to attend two different study days. The first was a national user conference of the clinical software we use at work. The second was a general clinical update with multiple and varied subjects. This helped identify what Donald Rumsfeld described as, unknown unknowns. How do you educate yourself and identify areas of weakness that you are unaware of? Reading widely is key. Do you read? Of course you do, but what do you read? Most of what we read, and I…

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Perusing, as I do, for mindful life experiences, thoughts and advice, I came across this book the other day. The little book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi Click the link here to view on Amazon. It’s a compelling read. At first it sounds so obvious and simple but as with most things in life it has a deep significance. It is also typically Japanese, but as with all cultural mindsets it is embedded in the psyche of its people. Like the Swedish hegge and the British stiff upper lip. Ikigai has 5 parts to…

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Reading has always been part of my life. I’m sure I couldn’t live without the ability to read. But why read? I’ve mentioned before that I was reading Csikszentmihalyi’s ‘Flow’, in which he describes flow as ‘joy, creativity, the process of total involvement with life’. For me, reading helps me achieve this state of joy. I’m sure most of you have been so absorbed in a book that it excludes everything else. Throughout my life, I have always had a book to hand. I have several in various states of completeness, usual having one fiction…

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Rest for a calmer world

As the Easter break is upon us we have a longer weekend to enjoy.  We need to have rest throughout every day, but do you notice? Did you notice yesterday how you spent any downtime? Added to my reading list this week is Haemin Sunim’s bestseller, The Things You Can See When You Slow Down. A central tenet of this book is obviously slowing down to achieve calm, but also to notice the world around us. He points out that we can feel small and vulnerable as we perceive our minds to be small…

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Which is more important? Pleasure or enjoyment?

A professional colleague & friend suggested I read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s ‘Flow – The classic work on how to achieve happiness.’ I’m not that far in it yet, as it is quite a thought provoking book. So this week’s blog is about the difference of pleasure and enjoyment and which one you would rather, in your pursuit of happiness. A life absent of enjoyment does not mean that aspects can’t be pleasurable. There are two main ways to improve life – change the external environment to match our goals (such as buying stuff), and to change how…

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